Toledo Early College sophomores Zion Hofmann, Aylin Dominguez and Valentin Ornelas will travel to College Park, MD on June, 12, to compete at the national level of the National History Day contest.

The three students took top honors in their categories at the state NHD contest that was held at Ohio Wesleyan University on April 30.

Sophomore Reem Abdel ­Khaleq was also recognized as a national alternate. The students were accompanied by their teachers Ms. Mona Al­-Hayani and Mr. Randy Nissen.

Every freshman and sophomore at Early College is required to create an NHD project; entering the contest is optional. Project categories include exhibits, websites, papers, documentaries and performances. Seventy-­five students represented the school at the regional contest at BGSU in
April where 24 qualified for the state contest.

Zion’s project was a website entitled In For the Long Haul: The encounter between black and white baseball and the exchange of ideas that led to one interracial baseball league.

Aylin and Valentin worked together on a group documentary titled Woodstock: Three Days of Peace, Love and Music. Reem created a website titled
Dawn of the Space Age: The Impact of Sputnik on educational, technological and scientific exchanges.

“NHD is a year­long interdisciplinary project that involves extensive research, writing and advanced computer skills. It is the best thing we do.”, said Mr. Nissen, a Social Studies teacher. “Making it to nationals is not only a breathtaking accomplishment but also a wonderful privilege to meet new people and see other projects done by other competitors."

Said Ms. Dominguez, “I can't wait to give it all I’ve got with my partner, and hope for the best while wishing luck to other competitors."

To learn more about Toledo Early College High School, the public is invited to a May 18th open house at the school, located at 2225 Nebraska Ave. (on the campus of the University of Toledo). Students and staff members will be on hand during the open house, to be held from 4-6:30 p.m., to talk about the many opportunities the school offers, including allowing students to take college classes while still in high school.

The Ohio Department of Education recently informed school leaders that, based on the 2014-2015 Ohio School Report Card, Toledo Early College High School was one of 22 Schools of Promise and 14 High Performing Schools of Honor in the entire state.

Posted on May 6, 2016